Colin Levin holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Musicology and Vocal Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory. Colin has spent significant time researching music written in the period from 1883-1925, specifically compositions which were influenced by the music of Richard Wagner. Other areas of study include the leitmotivic connections within the operas of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss, and the structure of the operas of Giuseppi Verdi. As a three-year teaching assistant in the music history department at the Oberlin Conservatory, he gave several lectures on Richard Wagner in 100 and 200 level courses. He additionally has appeared as a guest lecturer with Concordia College (MN) and the Fargo-Moorhead National Association of Teaching of Singing chapter. He has recorded for both WNYC in New York City, as well as National Public Radio, discussing the music of Richard Wagner on a segment entitled "The Sexual Mystery" in the internationally broadcast weeklong show, The Tristan Mysteries.
Colin has been on Music History Faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Vocal Program since 2013, and is currently the Music History Coordinator, in addition to being a lecturer.
Young Artist Vocal Program Introductory and Advanced Music History Courses
Elective Music History Courses
Boston University Tanglewood Institute
July and August 2017
Examples of Recent Lectures:
- Hebrew themes in the mid-period compositions of Dmitri Shostakovich
- Leitmotivic connections in Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde (Three Part Lecture Series)
- Symbolism and the use of the key of Bb in Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes
- The Leo Janáček compositions inspired by Kamila Stösslová (Four Part Lecture Series, with topics including the Late Operas, The Diary of One Who Disappeared, and String Quartet No. 2)
- The development of the Sonata Form, and its function in the Symphonies of Gustav Mahler (Six Part Lecture Series)
- The Classical Symphonic Form, and its development in Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 7
- A History of the Four-Part Aria form from the Bel Canto Operas through the Late Operas of Giuseppe Verdi (Two Part Lecture Series)
- Music Inspired by Goethe's Faust with an emphasis on the Ascension Scenes
- Leitmotivic connections in Richard Strauss' Salome